May 6th, 2010
07:49 PM ET

Latest Updates: Times Square bomb plot

CBS says this exclusive photo shows Faisal Shahzad standing in the area near where he left the SUV that was packed with explosives.

[Updated at 7:44 p.m.]  Failed bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad brought more than $80,000 into the United States between 1999 and 2008, a federal law enforcement source told CNN Thursday.The official said that the Pakistani-American brought the money into the United States in approximately $20,000 increments over the course of several trips. He appears to have done so legally, having declared the money on his customs forms.

An administration official refused to confirm the amount of money but said, "It is not unusual for CBP [Customs and Border Protection] to see individuals with long-term travel to countries with informal, cash-based economies to self-declare large quantities of cash when entering or exiting the country."

The law enforcement source did not know if Shahzad brought money into the United States after his last trip to Pakistan early this year.

Authorities are investigating whether a group or individual might have financed his alleged attempted bombing of New York's Times Square last Saturday night.

[Updated at 7:29 p.m.]  Investigators believe that Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad had ties to TTP, a Pakistani Taliban group, a senior law enforcement official and a U.S. intelligence official said Thursday.

The law enforcement official said the extent of Shahzad's involvement with TTP has not been determined and could range from communications to training, and does not necessarily mean that TTP directed the attack.

TTP released a video making a claim of responsibility for the attack on a website established the day before the failed bombing attempt, but a spokesman for TTP has denied any connection with the 30-year-old Pakistani-American.

A U.S. official said earlier in the day that connections to TTP were "plausible," but noted that numerous connections among insurgent groups in Pakistan made it difficult to zero in on a single responsible group.

[Updated at 4:13 p.m.] New leads developed from the Pakistani end of the investigation into the failed Times Square bombing show Faisal Shahzad likely had training in Pakistan from extremists, according to a senior U.S. official.

The official has direct knowledge of discussions between senior U.S. and Pakistani officials about the case.

"Did he receive help in Pakistan? Yes he did," said the official. The official said the belief is that Shahzad received training of some sort but would not say if the training was specific to attempting the Times Square bombing.

The official and another U.S. official said investigators have not concluded from which group Shahzad may have received help.

Investigators continue to look into the connection Shahzad may have had with TTP, a Pakistani Taliban group that initially claimed responsibility for the attempted attack but then denied it in a statement to CNN.

[Updated at 12:01 p.m.] CNN has obtained an exclusive CBS News photo that shows Faisal Shahzad, the accused Times Square bomber, in Times Square with his friends.

The photo shows Shahzad less than 100 yards from the area where he parked his SUV that was packed with explosives, CBS said.

"The photo shows Faisal Shahzad standing on the far right with his wife, Huma Mian, and several other unidentified people," CBS reported. "Sources tell CBS News the photo is believed to have been taken a year and a half to two years ago."

[Updated at 10:43 a.m.] Four men suspected of having links to the banned militant group Jaish e Mohammed are being interrogated in connection with the failed bombing attempt in New York, a Pakistani intelligence official told CNN Thursday.

A joint high-level U.S.-Pakistani investigation team was questioning the people. The source asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

[Updated at 10:36 a.m.] A law enforcement source tells CNN says no decision has been made yet on whether to release a new tape of accused terrorist Faisal Shahzad. The tape shows him in the Shubert Alley. He’s wearing a white baseball cap. The source says the image seems to have been taken around the time that witnesses were starting to notice the Pathfinder was smoking.

[Updated at 10:29 a.m.] A former neighbor of the Times Square bombing suspect said authorities confiscated from her family a hard drive of a computer once owned by him.

Brenda Thurman told CNN on Thursday that federal law enforcement officials took the hard drive on Tuesday and questioned her about what type of person Faisal Shahzad was and how Shahzad felt about the government and his religion.

She said Shahzad and his wife gave the computer to Thurman's daughter last June as they were parting with possessions from their home in Shelton.

The couple told her they were giving the desktop away, she said, because they had laptops and didn't need the desktop anymore. She said the computer was never used or hooked up after her family got it.

In an earlier CNN interview, she explained that Shahzad, his wife, two children and his wife's two sisters lived next to her in Shelton for about three years, moving out in July 2009.

[Updated at 10:20 a.m.] A Pakistani intelligence official tells CNN that a joint U.S-Pakistani investigation team have questioned the father of Faisal Shahzad, Bahar Ul Haq, today in Peshawar, Northwest Pakistan.

The official says the father has not been detained or arrested, but was only questioned about his son’s alleged involvement in the failed bombing attempt in New York. The official asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

[Updated at 8:43 a.m.] Law enforcement contacted a handful of airlines to alert them that Faisal Shahzad's name had been added to a government no-fly list, but Emirates, the airline the Times Square car bomb suspect boarded late Monday, wasn't one of them, an administration official confirmed.

For reasons related to the investigation, the FBI asked the Transportation Security Administration not to call every airline to alert them about the no-fly list change, the source said Wednesday.

Even though air carriers are automatically informed about additions to the no-fly list, law enforcement authorities will also alert airlines to be on the lookout for a new name on the list.

Shahzad was added to the no-fly list 12:30 p.m. ET Monday and nine minutes later an automated message went out to air carriers advising them of a special add to the list.

Shahzad's name was not caught by Emirates at 6:30 p.m. when he made his reservation while driving to the airport or at 7:35 p.m. when he showed up at the counter and bought his ticket with cash because the airline had not yet updated its no-fly list.

[Updated at 7:47 a.m.] The ranking Republican on the House intelligence committee says "there probably is a strong link" between Times Square car bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad and the Taliban in Pakistan.

U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra told CNN's American Morning Thursday he has drawn that conclusion from a number of sources.

"If this is accurate," Hoekstra said, "it would be a game-changer."

"We're going to get much more aggressive and perhaps more creative in terms of how we gather intelligence to find the plots and find individuals to stop them."

He said his committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence,  will be getting an official briefing later on Thursday.

Read Wednesday's full updates

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Teresa

    Did anyone think about how this might be a ploy from our own government to take our attention
    off other things that are way more important around the states rite now i can name several
    the OIL B.P screw up ...... or immigration there's more but i don't want to be here all Night!
    If nothing blew up i mean come on now everything's fine the so called bomber dint even succeed
    i don't want to seem like i don't care about New york i do care but if nothings happen come on now lets move on because if everyone did what they needed to do im happy for the hero's that have the guts to stand up when they see somthing wrong .......... But lets move on next big story Come on America grab a cup of joe and move on .........

    May 9, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sharon Winter

    the NYC police we
    here to be excessed and let they won"t be cut........any connection here....
    people will do wild things to keep their job!!!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |

    (Supposed) sleeper cell/ Former inmate 75369-053

    May 21, 2010 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
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